Women's Assembly Against Austerity

The People’s Assembly is pleased to announce the Women’s Assembly conference date as announced in the Guardian, to take place on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at Conway Hall, London.

Book your place at the conference here

Email women@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Editor,
We believe that women remain at the sharp end of the government’s economic and social austerity policies. As women’s unemployment rises, wages fall, the pay gap widens, benefits are cut and household and living costs rise, women face a daily struggle to keep themselves and their families from slipping deeper into poverty.

It is a travesty that 45 years after the Dagenham women workers fought for equal pay, we see increasing parts of our economy fuelled on cheap labour, with more than one in five earning less than a living wage and two-thirds of these women.

In the workplace and in the day-to-day battles against poverty, discrimination, racism, attacks on disabled people, the blight of war and the destruction of the environment, women are fighting back. Women are playing a leading role in the movement against austerity, evidenced by the huge number of women on the 50,000-strong NHS demonstration outside the Tory party conference Manchester in October.

Political leaders should be using the nation’s resources in the interests of the majority of the people and prioritise the abolition of poverty, insecurity and the threat of war. Our society is moving in a dangerous direction and now is the time for us to decide how our wealth is used and what values underpin our society.

In recognition of the leading role of women in the campaign against austerity and in articulating a new vision for our society, the signatories of this letter support the call for a Women’s Assembly Against Austerity to take place on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at Conway Hall, London. This event will build on the success of the People’s Assembly launched in June.

Yours faithfully

Diane Abbott MP
Sarah Veale, TUC Head of Equalities & Employment
Vera Baird, QC Labour Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria
Natalie Bennett, Leader, Green Party
Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, NUJ
Carolyn Simpson, SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee
Maxine Peake, actress and dramatist
Francesca Martinez, comedian
Dr. Finn Mackay, Founder, London Feminist Network and revived London Reclaim the Night
Anita Wright/Dona Feltham, National Assembly of Women
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
Kate Hudson, CND
Ann Henderson/Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights
Rachel Newton, People’s Charter
Clare Solomon, National People’s Assembly
Feyzi Ismail, East London People’s Assembly
Rafeef Ziadah, poet
Kate Smurthwaite, comedian
Anita Halpin, NUJ NEC and former chair of the TUC Women’s Committee
Anne Scargill/Betty Cook, Women Against Pit Closures
Rachel Yates, Coordinator and Commissioning Editor CLASS: Centre for Labour and Social Studies
Professor Mary Davis/Sharon Allen, Charter for Women
Professor Naila Kabeer, LSE
Professor Nadje Al-Ali, President, SOAS UCU
Nina Power, Senior Lecturer, Roehampton University
Anne Scott, UK Secretary Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Barbara White, Musician’s Union Executive Committee
Professor Susan Michie, UCU Executive Committee
Barbara Switzer, EC Institute of Employment Rights
Carolyn Jones, vice-chair, Morning Star
Alpa Shah, Reader, LSE
Brenna Bhandar, Senior Lecturer, SOAS
Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper
Jude Woodward, Adviser to Mayor of London 2000-08
Liz Payne, vice-chair, Communist Party of Britain
Pilgrim Tucker, Unite Communities Organiser
Julia Charlton, NEC member, Northumbria University UCU

February 22, 2014 at 10am - 5pm
Conway Hall
Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL
United Kingdom
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  • Nigel Simmons
    commented 2014-05-11 18:07:31 +0100
    I chose Austin Mitchell because :
    I support no particular Political Party as I believe MP’s are there only for the Gravy and those that are not are Forced by the Whips to Toe the Party Line .But he is my Local MP .
    The Petition is about all Politicians whatever Named Title they Possess and please Remember many of the Draconian Laws were introduced by singular MP’s and not Groups or Parties .

    I used to watch Austen Mitchell as he was a Presenter on Calendar a news TV programme .He was the Regional Jeremy Paxman of his day .He became an MP in 1977 and Represented Grimsby Lincolnshire . I often saw him on the News as a front Bench Spokesman for the Labour Party but after a shortly relative time he was reduced to the Back Benches , obviously because he was outspoken and not towing the Party Line .Probably the beginning of Gravy Train Politics .

    I have had concerned Benefit Claimants complaining that they had been Sanctioned because they was told they had missed an Appointment by a Jobseekers Advisor ,some remonstrated that they had received no letter and were replied with the stock answer “you do not have to ,my word of mouth is good enough .” they were then told to reapply for Benefit by ‘Fast Track ‘ .Which basically you go through the initial start process again having lost Benefits which includes Housing Benefit .

    I emailed Austen Mitchell stating the above happily to say after his intervention the claimants got a phone call and signed normally – no Sanction .He steps down at the next Election and therefore has no ambitions to deal with only matters that are popular he will in my opinion Defend the Indefensible . He also sits on the Public Accounts Committee so is well into the hub of important issues .

    Why we should sign the petition http://youtu.be/hg2KKqnmqrA at :

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/justice Takes two minutes to sign could have implications for years .

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